Elon poll finds McCrory approval ratings rising

Posted April 12, 2013

— Gov. Pat McCrory's approval rating has bumped up as fewer people say they "don't know" about his job performance, according to Elon University Poll results released Friday. 

The poll of 770 respondents found 46 percent approved of McCrory's job performance, short of 50 percent considered healthy for re-election prospects among political scientists but far ahead of the 25 percent of respondents who disapprove of the governor. Some 27 percent of respondents say they "don't know" how McCrory is doing.

“Approval of Gov. Pat McCrory seems to be growing as people learn more about his policy positions and see him in the news more frequently,” Kenneth Fernandez, director of the Elon University Poll, said in a statement.

That effect can be seen by comparing McCrory's approval to President Barack Obama's.

Obama's approval rating is 45 percent among respondents to the same poll, virtually the same as the governor's. However, 46 percent of respondents say they disapprove of the president's job performance, with only 7.6 percent saying they don't know how he is doing.

Lawmakers in Raleigh aren't exactly popular, but they fared better than Congress.

Some 37 percent of respondents said they approved of the job the General Assembly is doing, while another 39 percent said they disapproved. 

“Although approval of the state legislature’s job performance is not high, it has improved slightly since February,” Fernandez said. “This may come as a surprise to some, given that the General Assembly’s policy agenda has been under increased scrutiny.”

By contrast, 78 percent of respondents said they disapprove of Congress.


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  • CrewMax Apr 15, 2013

    Who gets picked to be polle, anyway? And, do they actually actually follow the news of the day? My 14 and 11 year olds are more informed than most adults I talk to.

  • BrutallyHonest Apr 12, 2013

    He is definitely trying to bring this state back up to the days before easley,perdue. I already seen improvement where I work as a manager in state employment. I remember the good old days when Hunt was our gov. Voter id,yes, wasteful programs cut-out, yes, obuma care, no, I agree with him so far and I am hopeful for more.

  • Spock Apr 12, 2013

    Gary_too... did not realize that there was ANYTHING to compare to in relationship to the Commander in Thief office. From my perspective, the Federal Government could learn from the headway made in the first 100 days...

  • Gary_too Apr 12, 2013

    Remember we can't trust polls from the "libs" at Elon. Isn't that what you right-wingers always say? says hiddentreasurescruecds

    Exactly, his real approval rating is about 65%, way above Obamas.

  • Danny22 Apr 12, 2013

    how bout moving this article to the top of the page.

  • Danny22 Apr 12, 2013

    Anything would be an improvement over Bev.

  • Snookyone Apr 12, 2013

    Compare that to President Obama's 67% approval a the same point in 2009.

  • hiddentreasurescruecds Apr 12, 2013

    Remember we can't trust polls from the "libs" at Elon. Isn't that what you right-wingers always say?

  • moppie Apr 12, 2013

    So if his approval rating is up, why is this story at the bottom of the page? WRAL is so quick to display anything negative about the McCrory administration, but heaven forbid they have bold headlines for anything positive.

  • stymieindurham Apr 12, 2013

    Compared to what for ol' Bev?